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Enjoy a day in the seaside

Discover the rich array of offerings on the coast, from a first-rate aquarium to the largest nature preserve in the state.

  • 1.5 hours to get to Aquarium

Discover the rich array of offerings on the coast, from a first-rate aquarium to the largest nature preserve in the state.

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The Experience

At 1,756 acres, the Devil’s Den Preserve is the Nature Conservancy’s largest preserve in Connecticut. Wind through trails past dramatic rocky crests, outcroppings, and cliffs forming high ledges, and look out for protected animal species including red foxes, bobcats, coyotes and wood ducks. Then head to Short Beach Park for fresh seaside air, a family game of miniature golf or tennis match. Enjoy a picnic on the sand before driving to Norwalk’s Maritime Aquarium, where you’ll be able to gently stroke several species of sharks and rays. At Match restaurant, near the aquarium, choose from a “New School Raw Bar” featuring poached, smoked, and fried takes on traditional raw platters, before heading back to Mayflower Inn & Spa.

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